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chink up (something)

To fill in or patch narrow openings, such as cracks or fissures (chinks), of something. We live in an area that experiences a lot of earthquakes each year, so we've gotten pretty good at chinking up the walls of our house.
See also: chink, up

chink in (one's) armor

A minor but very detrimental flaw or weakness. Yeah, he's brilliant, but his violent temper has destroyed many business relationships—it's really the chink in his armor.
See also: armor, chink

chink in one's armor

Fig. a special weakness that provides a means for attacking or impressing someone otherwise invulnerable. (Alludes to an opening in a suit of armor that allows a weapon to penetrate.) Jane's insecurity is the chink in her armor. The boss seems mean, but the chink in his armor is that he is easily flattered.
See also: armor, chink

chink in one's armor

A vulnerable area, as in Putting things off to the last minute is the chink in Pat's armor and is bound to get her in trouble one day . This term relies on chink in the sense of "a crack or gap," a meaning dating from about 1400 and used figuratively since the mid-1600s.
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a chink in someone's armour

If someone or something has a chink in their armour, they have a weakness that people can take advantage of, although they seem very strong and successful. Note: `Armour' is spelled `armor' in American English. With their superior knowledge, they might find the chinks in his armour. Labour leaders hope to use their annual conference to attack what they currently see as the most vulnerable chink in the government's armour. Note: A chink is a small hole or opening.
See also: armour, chink

a chink in someone's armour

a weak point in someone's character, arguments, or ideas which makes them vulnerable to attack or criticism.
See also: armour, chink

a chink in somebody’s ˈarmour

(British English) (American English a chink in somebody’s ˈarmor) a weakness in somebody’s argument, character, etc., that can be used in an attack: The one chink in her armour is the lack of a sense of humour. She hates people laughing at her.
A chink is a small hole.
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For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.
The presupposition may certainly arise in the following contexts where supposedly one has switched to sense quotation: "The word 'chink' means chink;" "Jenny believes chinks live in China".
EACH night I read the back page of the Chronicle to see if there is a chink in the armour of Mike Ashley.
Washington, April 23 (ANI): Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, US, have discovered a potential chink in the armor of fibers that make the cell walls of certain inedible plant materials so tough, a find that could lead to a cost-effective and energy-efficient strategy for turning biomass into alternative fuels.
They are waiting to find a chink in the armoury of the sides they are playing and we need to make sure we don't supply them with that chink.
This is no big deal; it only takes about three hours or so to chink the whole thing, so no worries there.
I'm reasonably encouraged now that there is a chink of light at the end of the tunnel instead of just a black hole like there was before.
The Blues characters Boots Smith and Lutie Johnson from Petry's novel The Street fail, from Garvey's perspective, as orphic characters, while Mamie Powther from The Narrows, Belle Rose from "Olaf and His Girlfriend," Chink from "Miss Muriel," and the writer Ann Petry all are lauded as representations of Black Orpheus.
But after yesterday's resounding win, their third in a row, there may be just a chink of light at the end of what is still going to be a long, hard tunnel to survival.
However, Mr Upton states: ``As the city establishes a growing reputation as a centre for the arts and music, the absence of a famous literary name to go with it has always been a chink in the cultural armour .
Chesterfield keeper Mike Pollitt made three superb saves to deny Mike Edwards and Gary Brabin, but they found a small chink in the Hull defence when Ryan Williams crossed and Beckett scored from close range.
Despite Glendening's obvious ardor for gay rights, there is at least one chink in his support for gay equality that even the most intimate connection cannot overcome.
It's a little chink in the armor [of rent regulation]," he added.
Whelan said: "If any Englishman says he has never called a Chinaman a chink, he is lying.